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Election day, less than two weeks away from November 3, will decide the winner of the lively race for the 11th Congressional District encompassing Staten Island, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and part of Gravesend. The race has become one of the most closely watched in the country, as first-year Congressman Max Rose, a Democrat, fights to retain his post in the district that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in 2016.
The scathing attack ads from Rose and her challenger, Nicole Malliotakis, took center stage in the election. But in interviews with Brooklyn Paper, the two candidates dug in the mud and elaborated on their political views and visions for the district.
Malliotakis: A native of Staten Island, Nicole Malliotakis was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010 to represent East New York and New Lots. Since 2012, she has been a member of the assembly in the 64th District covering northeast Staten Island and part of Bay Ridge. Malliotakis ran against Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Republican ticket during his re-election campaign in 2017.
Malliotakis said some of his proudest accomplishments include restoring local and express bus service to southern Brooklyn and Staten Island, his fruitful efforts totravel pensions for elected officials who have been convicted of crimes and his work to help the district recover and rebuild after Super Storm Sandy.
She said she was also proud of her public safety efforts. It pushed Mayor de Blasio authorized police to cooperate with ICE to detain undocumented immigrants who committed sex crimes in 2017, and lobbied the state legislature to have homicide, homicide charges involuntary and criminal drug offenses are potentially bail offenses under the 2019 bail reforms.
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PinkMax Rose, a native of Park Slope, served in the military for five years and was awarded a Purple Heart in the war in Afghanistan after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, injuring him. He served in the New York National Guard before successfully running for Congress in 2018, narrowly beating outgoing Republican President Dan Donovan.
Rose said that during his two years in office, he is most proud of a bill he has co-sponsored and which renew funding definitively the Victims Compensation Fund, which helps victims of the September 11 attacks. He also touted his bill which imposes sanctions on foreign pharmaceutical companies that produce the majority of the country’s illicit fentanyl, and its efforts to mitigate COVID-19 in its district, which saw the city’s first COVID-19 test site and a treatment center COVID-19 he helped build.
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Malliotakis: Opponents of Malliotakis criticized her for kissing President Trump after saying she regretted voting for him during his mayoral campaign in 2017, and flouting on social issues, such as marriage homosexual. In 2011, Malliotakis voted against New York State’s Equal Marriage Act legalizing same-sex marriage – a vote she says she now regrets.
“At the time, it was not clear how it was going to impact religious institutions, if they were forced to perform marriages, and I wanted some clarification,” she told Brooklyn Paper. “Looking back, I would have changed the vote now, knowing what I know it doesn’t impact religious institutions.”
Malliotakis said President Trump conquered her shortly after taking office.
“At the time, he had not even sworn in most of his cabinet,” she said. NBC News around the time she said she regretted her vote. “The president has done a great job on behalf of our veterans community. It had created millions of jobs, raised our unemployment rate to an all-time high for minorities, for women at all levels. “
Pink: Rose has always presented himself as a moderate who refuses to follow the party line, but throughout the campaign, Malliotakis smashed Rose’s left-wing vote record. Rose voted in agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 96 percent of the time and with President Trump a little more seven percent of the time. Some of the main votes that Rose and the President disagree on include bills that would raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour and expand the Affordable Care Act. (Rose voted for both.)
Rose, however, said the raw percentages don’t reflect his ability to cross the aisle.
“Every bill I have just introduced was bipartisan in nature and has been supported by the President of the United States,” he said, referring to his bills extending the Victims Compensation Fund and sanctioning foreign pharmaceutical companies.
Rose also pointed to times when he opposed his fellow Democrats. He rejected the Democrats’ latest COVID-19 stimulus bill – which he says replaced the bipartisan bill he and some fellow Republicans drafted – and did not vote for Pelosi as Speaker of the House .
“When President Trump killed Qasem Soleimani, the Iranian terrorist, I stood up and said, ‘He did the right thing,'” Rose said.
Malliotakis: If elected to congress, Malliotakis said she would focus on investing in local infrastructure to update the metro system and restore the national and local tax deduction known as SALT, which allows some homeowners to get deductions on their local property taxes. She would also propose put a lock on some federal funding for city and state entities, like the NYPD, to make sure the funding is used as intended, she said.
Pink: If re-elected, Rose said he would prioritize tackling the COVID-19 pandemic by investing in public health infrastructure and stepping up testing and treatment. To mitigate the economic fallout, Rose said he would work to allocate federal aid to healthcare facilities and state and local governments.
He also said he would commit to a large, multi-billion dollar bill to update the country’s transport infrastructure and invest in green energy, and that he would work to strengthen national security against terrorists. foreigners and nationals.
Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge toll reduction
Malliotakis: Malliotakis said the state’s efforts to offer Brooklyn residents a reduction on the Verrazzano Bridge toll – which is the country’s most expensive at $ 19 round trip – have failed because some Brooklyn lawmakers don’t want to cut funds for public transport the toll pays for.
“The problem with getting some type of relief is that there isn’t the will of our colleagues in parts of Brooklyn,” she said.
Pink: Rose said he had drafted two bills in Congress that would help reduce tolls nationwide. A bill introduced in May would allow the MTA to use toll revenues not only to fund public transit, but also to offer discounts to residents. Another bill introduced in May would allow commuters who spend more than $ 1,000 a year on tolls to qualify for a tax credit. Neither bill has been put to a vote on October 21.
“We must continue to fight not only to preserve the Staten Island shed, but also to get a shed for the people of south Brooklyn,” Rose said.
Appointment to the Supreme Court
Malliotakis: Malliotakis said that as sitting President Donald Trump had every right to appoint Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in an election year, and that the Senate was obligated to continue the proceedings as habit.
“He is the President of the United States and there is a vacant post it needs to be filled,” she said.
She added that she had taken no public position on former President Barack Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland in 2016, but suggested that if she had, she would have been too.
Pink: Rose said he was opposed to the Senate continuing with Barrett’s confirmation for an election year, and said it should be the voters’ choice who should replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I believe this is an act of incredible hypocrisy. Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham… they said when the time came for Barack Obama to make an appointment for his last year of presidency: “No, no, there is no room for that in the last year of a presidential campaign, “and now they’ve totally rocked it.”
He added that he was in favor of the procedure with Garland in 2016, but that Republicans had set a precedent by blocking those procedures.
“If they set a precedent, we have to stick to it here.”
Malliotakis: Malliotakis is pro-life except for mother’s life, rape or incest, she said, but added that she has no black and white opinions on the ‘abortion.
“I don’t think it’s a black and white question. I think it’s very personal for people. I would consider myself pro-life, my voting record is as such, ”she said, noting that she had not voted for a state bill which would legalize late abortions.
Pink: Rose said he was completely pro-Choice and didn’t believe in any restrictions on abortion.
“I strongly believe that a woman should have the right to make decisions about her own reproductive health and her body, with the consultation of a doctor of course, but she has a 100% abject right to make those decisions,” did he declare. .
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